Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society

Therapeutic Riding Program

Offers equine assisted therapy for individuals with disabilities.

Service provides:

  • simulation of the movement of walking through horse back riding; moves the rider's pelvis and torso in a similar fashion to the movement experienced when a human walks and can play a crucial role in muscular and balance developments by responding to the movement of the horse
  • possible improvement in balance, co-ordination, strength, and muscle tone while also mobilizing the joints
  • assessment process for each client prior to any riding
  • establishment of goals, review of any other therapy they may be undergoing, and consider the physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges and work out which horse would be best suited; if it turns out that a client shouldn't ride for health reasons, an alternative program will be considered

Therapeutic client base encompasses a wide spectrum of disabilities classified under the scope of:

  • physical - includes riders with limited mobility, delayed fine and gross motor skills, low trunk control / core strength, undeveloped balance, etc.
  • developmental - includes riders with limited cognitive capacity, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, etc.
  • sensory - includes riders with visual, auditory, or speech impairment
  • non-visible - includes riders with learning disability, epilepsy / seizure disorder,¬†attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, a variety of psychological disorders, etc.
Key Provider: certified riding instructors, trained volunteers
Yes, Service targeted to:
  • 3 years and older
  • with a clinical diagnosis of a physical, cognitive, mental health, or behavioural disability diagnosed by a medical professional
Application Process
Service Access: Registration Required, To access service:
  • Physician Release Form and Rider Assessment are required prior to acceptance in program
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

Limited spaces, first come first served. Early registration is encouraged.

Web Site
Fee: Yes,

$220.00 per 10 week session, which includes a 45 minute group lesson or a 30 minute private lesson each week.

Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: Yes,

Therapeutic Rider Membership: $20.00 per calendar year or $10.00 per single session

Public Rider Membership: $45.00 per year or $20.00 per individual session

Wheelchair access: Yes - Other disabled access: No -
Legal Status
Registered Not-For-Profit
Last Updated On
June 3, 2020
710009 Range Road 55
Grande Prairie, AB, T8W 5A7
Open in Google Maps
Hours of Operation
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM